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WALLACE, Frederick William. Blue Water : A Tale of the Deep Sea Fishermen. Toronto : The Musson Book Company Ltd., 1935. Second Musson Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-x,(2),-322,(2). 8vo (138 x 195 mm), blue cloth, with ship in gilt on front board, with gilt lettering to front & spine.
Watters p.411, Rhodenizer p.758.
First edition was 1914.
Frederick William Wallace (b. December 11, 1886, Glasgow, Scotland – d. July 15, 1958, Montreal, Quebec) Canadian journalist, photographer, historian and novelist, with a devotion to things nautical.
A novel arranged in 19 chapters.
This edition includes a four-page Introduction by Wallace dated September 1935.
"The story of a typical Nova Scotia barefooted school-boy, in one of those picturesque little villages that smell of the sea and fishes therein. With a keen understanding of the subject, he takes this youngster through boyhood, young manhood, and to the eventual firm business establishment of mature years. 'Shorty' Westhaver is a fisherman, as his father was a fisherman before him. And he is a 'driver.' The scene is the broad North Atlantic and the action takes place anywhere and everywhere from Boston Light to the eastern-most boundary of Nova Scotia.
The story brims over with plot and action; moreover it is the most faithful insight into the life of the deep water fisherman that has been given in recent years. It is more than an insight - it is a revelation, for it shows for the first time the blue water man exactly as he is, not as the average landsman conceives him to be. It reveals his life, his loves, his ambitions, his character. It does not gloss over his failings; neither is it blind to his virtues. Every sea term, every expression of the fisherman is true to life, for since boyhood Mr. Wallace has known the fisherman, has studied with him, has shipped with him, has stood his trick at the wheel and has set and hauled his full share of trawls.
Even to-day when he feels the call of the blue water he runs away from the editorial sanctum long enough for a trip off shore on some Nova Scotia banker or Gloucesterman. Some of his descriptions of storms at sea in Blue Water are classics. Comparisons may be odious, but it is interesting to note that an English critic pronounces Mr. Wallace's Blue Water superior as a faithful, yet thrillingly interesting portrayal of the life of the deep water fisherman, to Captains Courageous. It is certainly one of the most fascinating stories of the sea and of the North Atlantic fisheries that has appeared in recent years."
Very good in worn, torn (but not price-clipped) dustjacket. 35.00
Title: Blue Water : A Tale of the Deep Sea Fishermen. Second Musson Edition in dustajcket
Publisher: Musson Book Company: 1935
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